Trifles, By Susan Glaspell Essay example

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Women in the 1900s were treated unequally by men. All women endured oppression, however, wives encountered the harshest forms of oppression. More specifically, wives were expected to remain home and tend to household duties. The duties wives were demanded to uphold include cooking, cleaning, and obeying. If the wives did not obey by these demands, they were verbally and physically abused. Husbands got away with abusing their wives because, in the eyes of the patriarchal society, every problem was always the women’s fault. The play, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, highlights some of the preeminent inequalities between husbands and wives. The title, Trifles, foreshadows that women are fed up with being treated like garbage. According to the Merriam-Webster website, the definition of a “trifle” is, “something that does not have much value or importance.” Furthermore, the title allows us to infer that the play is going to deal with women being seen as frivolous and irrelevant. Trifles is about a wife, Minnie Wright, who is accused of murdering her husband, John Wright. Three men investigate the murder, while two women investigate the kitchen. In Trifles, Glaspell highlights inequalities between the two sexes during the 1900s. As the female characters gather clues to help them understand the murder, they slowly gather the strength to stand up to the patriarchal society. The domesticated kitchen is the first inequality between sexes that is introduced to us in the play. The Court…

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